Jumble Spoiler – 01/03/20

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Visual Description:  Inside THE dam.


Clue/Question:  The Hoover Dam hydroelectric facility, built in th ’30s, has proven its – – –

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(An educational stinky pun.  I’ve always wanted to see the Hoover Dam, as it is an engineering marvel, and a thing of beauty.  Built in the 1930s, it took 4.36 million cubic tons of concrete to complete.  Enough concrete to build a highway from San Francisco to New York City.  During its five year construction more than 100 workers died as a result of its construction.  Most died from terrible accidents, but a good number died from illnesses, mostly due to carbon monoxide poisoning.   For some reason they have a strict No Dog policy.  So leave Spot at home when you visit!  Sorry, Wally!

All tried and true clue words today.  I think D.L. Hoyt is trying to let ralis95 to catch up.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “noyhe” having definitely been used before.  But, I had to back into “gratis”!  I couldn’t untangle “stargi” on my own.  I didn’t see it right away, but fortunately I was able to see POWER, in the incomplete answer letter layout.  That left me with YNIT.   I figured the first word had to be STAYING, so I needed the SAG.  Still, it took me some head scratching to come up with “gratis”.  It’s from the Latin, but I think England might have picked it up from the French.

Great cartoon!  Really makes me want to see it.  I figure I could rent a car next time I visit Colorado, and drive there.  Hopefully, finally see the Grand Canyon too.  I’m not getting any younger, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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6 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 01/03/20”

  1. 1 David January 3, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    DLH may be giving ralis95 a breather, but he’s got HONEY on the brain. This is the third time he’s used HONEY as a regular word in the past 15 days! (Also 12/19/2019 and 12/23/2019.) Maybe he was hinting for a Christmas present that didn’t appear in his stocking.

    If DLH really needed an O, an N, and an E for the final answer, he could have used “boner,” a wake-up call for ralis95(?) and a cue for those of us stuck as 12-year-old boys to snicker. Hey, it may not pass the Sunday morning breakfast test or Tribune style standard, but it also means “mistake.”

  2. 2 Gary January 3, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    I have been to there at least once that I can remember and maybe twice. We did not take the tour inside because of time limitations on our part. We actually spending time in Las Wages (pun). Traffic was still present on the dam roadway but we could see a new bridge in the distance being built for future traffic. I believe it was being done out of concern for a terrorist attack on the dam by (possibly) a truck full of explosives being detonated on the road on the dam. I had no problem with GRATIS but only because I had spent a great deal of time last week on a “Holiday Jumble” done by a person on another Jumble fan/solution website I visit (I still like yours better and never miss it). GRATIS was one of the words. Happy New Year (unless we are going to war again).

  3. 3 unclerave January 3, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    I just figured that’s probably the word Hoyt’s been hearing the most lately . . . from the Missus! Honey, fix this! Honey, do that! Honey, pick this up at the store! Married man syndrome. LOL! — YUR

  4. 4 unclerave January 3, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks, Gary. I gotta give the credit to Hoyt’s jumble of GRATIS. We’ve had the word before, and I don’t remember struggling to get it. So, it must’ve been the jumble that puzzled me.

    I googled the time/distance from Denver to Hoover Dam . . . 12 HOURS! Too long a drive. It’s 11 hours to Grand Canyon National Park. Better I travel from Las Vegas.

    — YUR

  5. 5 Damidwesterner January 4, 2020 at 2:35 am

    Years ago, my college friend was working a summer job at the Grand Coulee Dam in Wash St. He invited a couple of us for a tour of the place, after hours, a tour where visitors weren’t allowed. This was during the construction of the third powerhouse, so he took us there to see the progress. To get there, we had to cross the face of the dam to the other side, and we did this on the bikes the engineers used to inspect the dam. We went to the bottom, down to the base, and through inspection tunnels. We rode bikes as it was way too far to walk. Once on the other side, we found our way to the construction area. The scale was immense, we went through an open hatch way (about 6′ in diameter, into where the water flowed into the turbines under the generators. The whole room was like the inside of a turbo assembly, and we marveled that it would be neat to skateboard in there. On the far end was this huge concrete plug, which would be blown out to let in the water. We walked up to where the turbine assembly was; it was a caged fan, with blades and a hole in one end for the water to escape. It was pretty amazing. There were 10 of these rooms, but this was the only open one.


  6. 6 unclerave January 4, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Awesome, Damid! I would’ve loved that tour! — YUR

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